Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) are members of a reef-associated species that lives in the tropic waters of the western Atlantic and greater Caribbean (Compagno, 1984). This photograph was taken in Bimini, Bahamas, as part of a volunteer opportunity at the Bimini Biological Field Station “Shark Lab”. In this area, a profitable ecotourism industry has arisen around this species involving organized “shark feeds”, as large numbers of these marine predators are attracted to areas baited by divers (Fowler et al., 2002).
[Photo and caption by: Alexandra McInturf]
Compagno, J. V. L. (1984). FAO species catalogue Vol. 4, part 2 sharks of the world: An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Fowler, S. L., Reed, T. M., & Dipper, F. (Eds.). (2002). Elasmobranch Biodiversity, Conservation and Management: Proceedings of the International Seminar and Workshop, Sabah, Malaysia, July 1997 (No. 25). IUCN.